What is a School Liaison Officer?
The School Liaison Officer serves as the liaison between the installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The School Liaison Officer aslo implements the Navy's Strategic Planning for Education Advocacy K-12 recommendations in order to ensure Navy Families have access to quality educational apportunities.
School Liaison Officers level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximun educational opportunities for academic success.
The School Liaison Offficer is the primary point of contact between the military installation, the local school administration, including Department of Defence Education Agency(DoDEA) Schools, parents and the community at large. The Navy School Liaison Officer Program helps installation and regional commanders work with the state departments of education and local school districts to ensure school personnel are aware of the stressors on military families brought about by frequent transitions and extended deoployments. These education professional are located on all major Navy installations and serve as "links" between navy families and schools.
What Services do School Liaison Officers Provide?
The School Liaison Officer specializes in serving military families and offers a wide spectrum of services, enabling families to become more involved in their child's educational experience. Services include:
1. Supporting families with inbound/outbound school transfers;
2. Providing information on local schools and boundaries;
3. Assisting with school choice;
4. Helping families understand the special education process;
5. Providing information about graducation requirements;
6. Making military and community agency referrals;
7. Supporting families with the home scholing process; and
8. Assisting with post-secondary preparation.
Navy School Liaison Officers provide six core services to assist families:
1. School Transition Services (PCS Cycle): School Liaison Officers assist families with school transfers and help "level the playing gield" for military children and youth.
2. Deployment Support: School Liaison Officers connect educators with the Navy deployment support system to inform them about the cycles of deployment and the tools that are available to assist education in working with Navy Children.
3. Command, School, Community Communications: School Liaison Officers serve as subject-matter experts for installation commanders on K-12 issues, helping to connect command, school and community resources.
4. Home School Linkage and Support: School Liaison Officers assist navy families by gathering and sharing information on home schooling issues, policies and legistlation from local school districts, and help leverage Navy Child and Youth Programs resources to support these families.
5. Partnership in Education (PIE): PIE creates a volunteer network of resources to support installation and community members who have vested interest in the success of all youth.
6. Post Secondary Preparations: School Liaison Officers leverage installation and school resources to provide graduating military students with access to post-secondary information and opportunities.